I’ve always been struck—ouch—at the futility of employing washroom hand dryers. Other than those Airblade contraptions that sonically wash your eardrums, you press a button only to find nothing happens beyond a semblance of mildly warm air hitting your responsibly-soaked hands. So you hit up the paper towel dispenser, only to discover there isn’t anywhere convenient to discard the used portion. Kubernetes.

Rubenerd is my weblog and podcast of such observations, as well as thoughts on technology, anime, and other things. A self–entitled blogging expert once said you should focus on one topic, so he’s have endeavoured not to.

My name, last time I checked, is Ruben Schade. Hi! I’m a relatively harmless gentleman who has a lovely partner Clara and spends altogether too much time thinking about vintage computers and travel. I make a living as a technical writer, cloud engineer, and coffee drinker in Sydney, Australia, but I grew up and studied in Singapore where I developed a taste for infrastructure.


The easiest way is via Twitter, which for better or worse I still use. Otherwise, this is my email, which can be used with my PGP public key if so desired:

printf "%s@%s.%s" me rubenschade com

I’m also on Pinboard, GitHub, GitHub Gists, Flickr, Instagram, Wikipedia, YouTube, and Vimeo. I have Facebook, but I don’t use it.


The site design is an intentional throwback to a time when blogging was fun, and held the promise of being a loose-nit federation of writers, before social networks sucked… the oxygen out of the room. The Norfolk Pine is his favourite flora, samples of which somewhat grace the sidebar and other places.


Rubi is the site’s mascot, drawn by the aforementioned Clara. Her mismatching, Miku-esque boots elude to my predilection for not wearing matching socks.

Funny story, I was chided for wearing orange and red socks during a high school work experience day, with the implication that I wasn’t taking the assignment seriously. The day I’m looked over for hiring because of his socks is the day I miss a bullet.

Geek code

Do people still publish these?

Version: 3.1
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